[TYPES/announce] FHIES 2011 Second Call for Papers

Lutz Schroeder Lutz.Schroeder at dfki.de
Wed May 4 08:17:20 EDT 2011

[Thanks for circulating the call for papers below, which may be of 
interest to readers of the types list through the relationship of types 
to formal methods. -- Lutz]


                                 FHIES 2011
                      International Symposium on
Foundations of Health Information Engineering and Systems
           27-29 August 2011 Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, South Africa
                   (Colocated with ICTAC 2011)

Information and communication technology plays an increasingly enabling 
role in addressing the global challenges of healthcare, in both the 
developed and the developing world, that are
  the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Members States. The 
use of software in medical devices is already raising issues in relation 
to safety and efficacy for manufacturers and regulators. Health 
information systems raise issues of both privacy and confidentiality, on 
the one hand, and, increasingly, patient safety on the other. Hospital 
and other information systems raise important issues of efficacy and 
interoperability. However, to capitalize on the potential of this 
technology in reshaping healthcare demands focused research on sound and 
safe development techniques from software engineering, electronic 
engineering, computing science, information science, mathematics, and 
industrial engineering.

The purpose of the new symposium series on Foundations of Software 
Engineering Health Informatics (FHIES) is to promote a nascent research 
area that aims to develop and apply theories and techniques in computing 
science and software engineering to modelling, building and certifying 
software based systems in the application domain of healthcare. Many of 
these systems are already regulated in many jurisdictions and many more 
of them will become regulated in the future.

Research on theories, techniques and tools of software modelling, 
verification and validation has been an important area of computer 
science and software engineering, known as Formal Methods. This research 
addresses the challenging problem of design and certification of safety 
or mission critical software systems through abstraction and 
decomposition techniques based on the use of mathematical modelling 
theories and sound engineering methods. Formal methods have primarily 
addressed the correctness of systems used in the industrial, financial, 
and defense applications. However, they have recently found application 
in modelling and analysis of complex systems that involve interacting 
behaviour of many kinds of objects and agents, including software 
systems, physical objects and humans. The models of these systems have 
both discrete and continuous behaviour, and both qualitative and 
quantitative (e.g., spatial timing and probabilistic) properties. It is 
believed that these methods can be used for modelling problems of health 
informatics, which presents the challenge of scalability.

Software plays a critical role in sustainable health care, both as part 
of the solution and as part of the problem. Software intensive 
information systems are needed to support the collection and processing 
of vast amounts of data via different devices, and allow policy makers 
to access and share these data, and to support their decision making and 
validation. Software systems can be developed for managing, controlling 
and monitoring policies, processes and workflows in medical systems. 
Software systems can be developed to help create the sophisticated 
medical devices that are simply impossible to build without the 
software. On the other hand, the application of software raises 
challenging issues in safety, security and privacy, and increases the 
complexity of healthcare workflows and the need for new business policies.

Paper Submissions

We solicit high quality submissions reporting on

    1. original research contributions (18 pages maximum in LNCS format)
    2. application experience, case studies and software prototypes (18 
pages maximum in LNCS format)
    3. surveys, comparisons, and state-of-the-art reports (18 pages 
maximum in LNCS format)
    4. position papers that define research projects with identified 
challenges and milestones (10 pages maximum in LNCS format)
    5. proposals for panel discussions, with at least three named 
panellists, about a topical question (5 pages maximum in LNCS format).

All submissions will be judged on the basis of originality, contribution 
to the field, technical and presentation quality, and relevance to the 
conference. Submissions should be in English, prepared in the LNCS 
format (see here for details). Submission constitutes a commitment to 
attend and present a paper, if accepted.

All accepted papers will be included in the pre-event proceedings of the 
symposium and considered for EXCEPT FOR the proposals for panel 
discussions inclusion in a special issue of the Springer Innovations in 
Systems and Software Engineering (ISSE), following revision and 
re-review.. The post proceedings will include a brief summary of panel 

Important Dates

Abstract Submission 	        29    May 2011
Paper Submission 	        5     June 2011
Notification of acceptance 	18    July 2011
Final copy for proceedings 	7     August 2011
FHIES 2011 	                29-30 August 2011


General Chairs

     * Peter Haddawy, UNU-IIST, Macao
     * Tom Maibaum, McMaster University, Canada

Programme Chairs

     * Zhiming Liu, UNU-IIST, Macao
     * Alan Wassyng, McMaster University, Canada

Organising Chair

     * Hao Wang, UNU-IIST, Macao

Program Committee

     * Syed Mohamed Aljunid, UNU-IIGH
     * Sebastian Fischmeister, University of Waterloo, Canada
     * Peter Haddawy, UNU-IIST, Macao
     * Jozef Hooman, Embedded Systems Institute and Radboud University 
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
     * Michaela Huhn, TU Clausthal, Germany
     * Mark Lawford, McMaster University, Canada
     * Insup Lee, University of Pennsylvania, USA
     * Martin Leucker, TU Munich, Germany
     * Wendy MacCaull, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada
     * Tom Maibaum, McMaster University, Canada
     * Dominique Mery, LORIA and Universite Henri Poincare Nancy 1, France
     * Jun Pang, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
     * David Robertson, University of Edinburgh, UK
     * Lutz Schröder, DFKI Bremen and University of Bremen, Germany
     * Jens H. Weber, University of Victoria, Canada
     * Liang Xiao, Hubei University of Technology, P.R.China


Prof. Dr. Lutz Schröder
Senior Researcher
DFKI Bremen	
Safe and Secure Cognitive Systems
Cartesium, Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 5
D-28359 Bremen

phone: (+49) 421-218-64216
Fax:   (+49) 421-218-9864216
mail: Lutz.Schroeder at dfki.de

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH
Firmensitz: Trippstadter Strasse 122, D-67663 Kaiserslautern

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster (Vorsitzender)
Dr. Walter Olthoff

Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats:
Prof. Dr. h.c. Hans A. Aukes

Amtsgericht Kaiserslautern, HRB 2313

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